Robin Uthappa lauds Rohit Sharma’s tactics during IND-PAK 2024 T20 World Cup match
By SMCS - Jun 11, 2024 8:00 am
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Former Indian batter Robin Uthappa lauded captain Rohit Sharma for his brilliant captaincy during the India vs Pakistan match of the 2024 T20 World Cup in New York on June 9. Uthappa was impressed by Rohit not opening the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah. Despite defending a sub-par 119, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj opened the bowling and bowled the first two overs as well. Eventually, Bumrah
came on and produced another match-winning spell of 3/14 in four overs to help India register a thrilling six-run victory.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Talking about Rohit’s captaincy post-game on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel, Uthappa said: “What I loved about the second innings was Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. It was class, responsive captaincy. Anyone else in Rohit Sharma’s place, defending 119 would have brought on the trump card in the first over. But Rohit said ‘no’. He trusted everyone, he kept faith in each one of them. He said ‘you come and execute your role’. In doing that, he actually gave them confidence not just for this match, but for the rest of the tournament.”

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“He was saying ‘I trust your ability to bowl where you have to bowl’. Brought Arshdeep in the first over, gave Siraj his second over and then he went to Bumrah for the two most important overs in the powerplay. What did Bumrah do? He nearly got a wicket in his first over. And when he came back to bowl the fifth over, he picked the wicket of Babar Azam. He then gave Siraj another over in the 7th over,” he further added.

Mohammad Rizwan
Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Mohammad Rizwan

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah won his second consecutive Player of the Match award after his heroics against Ireland in India’s first match. Despite going wicketless, Siraj played a key role in India’s win with figures of 0/19 in four overs, while Arshdeep Singh claimed 1/31 in his four overs. Robin Uthappa also praised all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his impressive spell as well.

“It was just out of the top draw, Rohit Sharma. Brilliant, brilliant captaincy! All the bowlers responded well. Even Hardik Pandya. In the first two overs, I think he gave away 18 runs. Then he got two wickets and gave away just 7 or 6 runs. 4 overs, 24, 2 wickets. Typically vice-captain role. Top cricket,” concluded Robin Uthappa.